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Midwives to strike in row over pay

Midwives across the region will go on strike today in a dispute with the Government over pay. Members of the Royal College of Midwives will join other health workers on picket lines across for four hours starting at 7am. It's the first time RCM members have gone on strike in it's one hundred and thirty three year history. Gabby Dowd-Quinn is a midwife and RCM member.

Ebola round-up: how the region is responding to crisis

Army medics are, tonight, preparing to travel to West Africa - to join efforts to stop the deadly Ebola virus spreading.

Teams from Aldershot have been practising in a 'mock' hospital unit to prepare themselves - or at least try to prepare - for what lies ahead in Sierra Leone.

Heathrow and Gatwick airports are getting ready to screen passengers arriving from areas affected by the disease.

Juliette Fletcher has been speaking to families waiting anxiously for news of relatives - and to the fundraisers who want to help.


Free flu jabs now available in Oxfordshire

A free seasonal flu vaccination, which doctors say must be done annually to be effective, is now available in Oxfordshire for:

  • Women who are pregnant
  • Children aged 2, 3 and 4 on 1st September 2014
  • People under 65 years of age who are at greatest risk because they have one of the following conditions - diabetes, weakened immune system (e.g. HIV or cancer patients), heart disease, chronic respiratory disease (e.g. severe asthma), kidney disease, liver disease, chronic neurological diseases such as Parkinson's
  • Frontline health and social care workers
Free vaccines available in Oxfordshire Credit: Press Association

People should not underestimate the effects of seasonal flu; it is not the same as getting a cold. It can seriously affect your health and the risks of developing complications are greater if you have certain medical conditions. If you are in any of the at-risk groups, my advice is to visit your GP and get the free vaccination as soon as possible. This is the best form of protection for you and others,

– Dr Joe McManners, Clinical Chairman for Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
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Ebola information posters to go up at British airports

Posters will be placed in UK airports providing information about the Ebola virus, Downing Street has said.

Discussing a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee this morning, a spokesman for Number 10 said further advice had already been issued to medical professionals across the country in regard to the virus.

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies told the committee that detailed contingency planning in place for any outbreak on British soil but maintained that the risk to the UK "remained low", the spokesman said.

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